If you like Orphan Black, try Sue!
just started finished binge-watching Orphan Black and have noticed many similarities between it and the three books in my Sue series: Sue’s Fingerprint, Sue’s Vision and Sue’s Voice. If you like Orphan Black, you’ll like Sue!
Of course the Sue stories were not written to copy Orphan Black and vice versa, but the two have similarities.
In Orphan Black, Sarah and her sisters, along with all the creepy brothers, were intentionally cloned by Projects Leda and Castor. In the Sue trilogy, the clones were intentionally cloned by the alien GOO, a substance sent to Earth by a dying alien species. Someone intended to make the clones. Sue and the others were cloned to survive on a dying planet and pass their genes onto future generations. Sarah and her siblings were cloned to prove the concept of cloning for future population growth.
Sarah and her sisters freely live separate lives in society. (I’m not sure if or how many of the brothers do.) They didn’t actually know about each other, nor did they even know they were clones, until their paths crossed. Mrs. S knew, but did not tell Sarah until she started uncovering clues. In the Sue books, the clones are initially contained together as an alien threat. But as their government handler, Ted Stevens, found out, the clones have a higher purpose. Eventually, he released the clones, establishing new lives in society for them.
Although the clones in both series live separate lives, they always come together to help each other get out of trouble. Sometimes that means they get into more trouble, but the clones have a community bond that can’t be broken. And each set of clones has their own handler, as well as the evil corporation or government agency trying to control them. Mrs S. handles Sarah and the other sisters while Topside tries to terminate them. Sue and the clones have DHS Director Ted Stevens to monitor their activities (and help them out of trouble) while the special DHS committee, led by General Gilmore, tries to eliminate the threat from the “alien invasion”.
DNA plays a big part in the two series. In Orphan Black, the complete gene sequence of the clones is the key to unlocking the secrets of the sisters and brothers. In the Sue books, testing the clones by the DNA fingerprint test is first used to prove the clones’ DNA is identical to that of their original people. With identical DNA, Ted convinces the special committee there are no differences between the clones and the normal citizens who happened to touch the goo, allowing him to release the clones from containment on the abandoned military base. (Hence the title Sue’s FINGERPRINT) But later in the Sue series, the complete genome of the clones is sequenced, revealing small mutations specific for the clones. There is a marker in the DNA that can identify Sue and the clones. Sarah and her sisters also have markers in their DNA sequence that identify them.
What about the differences detected in the clone DNA? Whether unintentional or intentional, the clones in both series have genetic mutations. In the case of Sarah and her sisters, the mutations lead to infertility, which doesn’t (for a reason that has not yet been revealed) seem to affect Sarah and (?) Helena. For the brothers, the mutations lead to encephalopathy or other brain damage. (Bummer for the brothers.) For Sue and the other clones, the mutations were introduced during cloning by the goo and resulted in phenotypic changes that help them survive on a dying planet. They learn and develop very quickly. They are able to modify their metabolism in times of hunger or thirst, and regulate their body temperature as the temperature of the environment increases. They are sensitive to UV radiation that forces them to wear sunscreen. The clones in the Sue series pass these mutations, these advantages, on to offspring to help save humanity from the effects of a warning planet. Over many many generations, the clones’ DNA will become the dominant DNA. I do not yet know what will result from the mutations in the DNA of Sarah, her sisters and her brothers.
If you enjoy Orphan Black, I think you’ll like reading my Sue series. There are many similarities between the two which should entertain readers of my books. Give Sue a try! Do the Goo!